I have not worn acrylic nails in about 4 years. Prior to that, I was at the nail salon every two weeks to get the popular pink & white nail service.
In the 4 years without acrylic nails, I fell in love with gel polish. Gel polish cured under UV light lasts longer than traditional polish.
There are two camps on if the UV light is harmful or not in even the shortest spurts under the light, nonetheless women line up for gel polish because it extends the life of their manicure.
Hold on y’all…I am going some where with this. 🙂
Recently I learned about acrylic dip powder. Nail techs are telling me this service has only been around the metroplex for a few months.
As quoted from Nails Magazine online encyclopedia: (acrylic dip powder is)
A nail salon service that entails an application of adhesive (usually cyanoacrylate) to the natural nail or to an applied tip, then dipping the still-wet nail into an acrylic powder (polymer). The process is usually repeated two or three times to build up a strong artificial nail, which is then filed or buffed into shape, then shined.
Dip powders come in a ton of colors, clear, and the proper shades to accomplish the look of a French or American manicure. The dip powder application process is faster than that of traditional acrylic nails and there is no, I repeat, NO funny, toxic fumes. Yes!!
After speaking with a few people who rave about acrylic dip powder, I decided to put the service to the test! In my research for this article, I visited two different nail salons. In doing this, I was able to experience two different techniques.
The first place I went to was Belle Vous Nails & Day Spa at Hebron & Midway in Carrollton. A new set of acrylic dip powder nails costs $35. Fills with the same color or a new set with a new color are also $35. Belle Vous has a lot of colors to select from and the brand they use names colors after major cities of the world. Yes, there is even a color named Dallas!
The application process is simple:
1) rough up the nail a bit
2) add tips if needed (I have long natural nails, I do not need tips.)
3) brush on the adhesive
4) dip in the powder
5) brush on the adhesive again
6) dip in the powder again
7) an activator is applied to bind the adhesive
8) nails are filed, buffed and shaped
9) a super fast drying, high shine sealant is brushed on, fanned dry and that’s it
In two weeks when your return, you can opt for the same color or a new color. If you opt for a new color, they rough the top of the nail – removing the sealant, then apply a piece of cotton soaked with acetone to the nail and wrap the nail with foil. The foil holds the acetone soaked cotton to the top of the nail to remove the artificial nail.
At the two-week mark, I tried a different nail salon – Mai Le Nails in City Salon Suites on Preston in Plano. A new set of acrylic dip powder nails costs $45. Fills are $35. The process at Mai Le is a hybrid of acrylic dip powder and gel polish.
Mai Le chooses to use only clear dip powder to build the artificial nail, following the steps mentioned above. After buffing and shaping the new acrylic nail, gel polish in any color desired is applied and cured under UV light. At fill time, they simply file off the gel polish, dip the nails in clear powder (the fill) and after buffing, apply the new gel color. This process keeps customers from having to come in contact with acetone at every visit. Some people don’t like the way acetone can be so drying.
Both of the techniques mentioned are great, yield amazing results and are affordable. I had no issues with nails lifting or anything. The dip powder process as a whole is pretty cool and makes you wonder what took the industry so long to create this.
I must admit that I like the Belle Vous process best for myself because I love the amazing color produced with the powder. The pigments are great! Plus the process is shorter because there is no application of gel polish. Truth be told, I really only like gel polish on my natural nails. Others may like the Mai Le process best because they want to avoid acetone at every visit. Either way, I am a HUGE fan of acrylic dip powder as an option. Dip powder is finer than traditional acrylic powder and the results are a more natural looking, natural feeling artificial nail.
I urge you to try acrylic dip powder nails at either of the locations mentioned here or ask about it at your favorite nail salon.
There are kits you can buy to do acrylic dip powder nails at home. I do not like the idea of this and caution you as this is a professional service and in my opinion, should be performed by licensed professionals. Yes, I know the at home kit may be only $15 and the service at your favorite nail salon may cost $35+ but please let the professionals serve you. It is not worth the risk of causing a mess and making your nails look awful just to save a few bucks.
Like I say about hair extensions, eyelash extensions and other luxury beauty services. Do not get them of you do not plan to manage the up-keep to always look great.